Farmers’ market checks available June 1

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 10:31 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:25 a.m. CDT

Area XIV Agency on Aging, through its network of congregate meal sites, will be distributing farmers’ market checks again this year.

Those eligible must be 60 years of age or older and have an income of less than $21,256, if single, or $28,693, if married.

Eligible individuals will receive 10, $3 checks for a total of $30 to use to purchase Iowa fresh, unprepared, locally-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from authorized vendors. This is the maximum allowable amount that any one individual can receive during the program year.

Vendors must display the “Iowa Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks Accepted Here” sign. Checks may be used anywhere in Iowa during the period of June 1 through Oct. 31.

Senior citizens may register for the checks starting June 1 at local meal sites in Area XIV, which includes Adair, Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Ringgold, Union and Taylor counties. These checks are made available through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Any questions, call your local congregate meal site or Area XIV Agency on Aging in Creston at 782-4040.

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